Welcome.
The Southland Branch was the founding branch of the NZDA. We have over  350 members and meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8pm (excluding December & January. )

 

 

 (Photo Brian Winsloe , winner 2017 photo competition - Game Animals)

 

 

Branch members help build new Hunters Hut at Murray River on Stewart Island.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Stewart-Island-introduces-hunter-huts/tabid/423/articleID/335171/Default.aspx

 

 

 

STEWART ISLAND HUNTER REPORTS.

If you have been directed to this page to complete a report on your hunting trip to Stewart Island please follow this link:-    http://www.southlanddeerstalkers.org.nz/hunter-returns/

 

 

 

 

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LATEST NEWS FROM OUR RAT TRAPPING PROGRAM FOR 2017

 

 

Updated February 2018

 

 For the last twelve years members have been undertaking a rat control program at Mason Bay Stewart Island.  Between September - Dec 2016  6 parties involving 22 hunters spent  significant time checking 309 traps over 14 km of lines.  Each trap is cleared and reset at least twice.   Following on from a low years in 2014 when  170 rats were killed, and 2015 when 156 rats killed.  For the 2016 year 291 rats were killed but in 2017 the number had dropped back to 167.   Although our parties tried to catch wid cats only one party was successful and got seven.    A full report will be posted later.  for the 2015 report see  http://www.southlanddeerstalkers.org.nz/PDF/Mason-Bay-NZDA-Report-2015.pdf

 

The good news is that Hunting & Fishing Invercargill store have undertaken to provide  us generous sponsorship which will mean that this program will continue into the future.  Big thanks to Gerald and Mike.

 

 

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WAPITI  IN FIORDLAND  (Photo Roy Sloan)